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Do You Suffer From Migraines?

Do You Suffer From Migraines?

Functional medicine expert Erin Knight shares a story with us about healing her migraine pain through using awareness.  Erin is the host of the upcoming Headache & Migraine Summit starting on July 10th 2017.  You can find out all about it and register HERE. It’s Free!

 

Here is Erin’s story:

“I learned to listen to migraine pain in the silence of a float tank. I was trying to relax into the Epsom salt rich water. I felt my right side stubbornly bound up, tense and painful. The right side was the side I’d been experiencing a migraine in for the last 36 hours.

My body had revealed messages to be me several times before and the complete stillness of the tank felt like a perfect space to say to my body, “ok, what’s up? What are you trying to tell me?”

I realized as if out of the blue I had developed this constricted feeling down my right side when I was in 3rd or 4th grade.

What happened at this age I then wondered? I continued to be still and listen.

This was the age when I started to think that life was all about action and accomplishment. Just being in the world wasn’t enough any more. Now I had homework, exams, and big ideas about going to college. I had people rewarding me and recognizing me for my hard work and determination to get results.

Aha! All the stress and frustration and even anger I had experienced this week leading up to my migraine – it was all tied to this belief system that I had to constantly be doing, giving, helping and checking things off a list of goals.

I let that sink in for a few minutes.

Is this really serving me, this old belief system?

Change your thought patterns is easier said than done, but just in hearing the message from the pain, I let go of the tension and the constriction unraveled.

I left the tank refreshed, renewed and with my migraine symptoms 90% gone.”

I’ve learned over time that pain in my body is always a signal to be listened to, not pushed aside.

  • What do I need to feel nourished?
  • Am I dehydrated?
  • Am I straying from my life’s purpose?
  • Am I feeling disconnected from friends and family?
  • And if it persists for more than a day or two…then maybe something deeper is going on.

When someone gets frequent headaches or migraines, these questions should be asked too:

  • Is your toxic burden too high?
  • Are you having immune reactions to your food?
  • Do you have a parasite you don’t even know about?

To help you educate yourself on these different types of underlying stress and the right questions to be asking when you are suffering from headaches and migraines, over 30 world renown clinicians and researchers have come together for the Chronic Headache and Migraine Summit.

This event is online and will be completely free to watch from July 10-17, 2017.

Featured speakers include: Dr. Tom O’Bryan, who will talk about why people who get migraines need to understand the link between migraines and autoimmune disease; Niki Gratrix, who is speaking about the role of emotional trauma and adverse childhood events in chronic headaches; and our very own Laya Raznick will be sharing how developing self-compassion can lead to amazing pain relief.

Don’t miss out. You can reserve your seat for the summit HERE and get instant access to three of the featured speakers!

Grab your seat for the Chronic Headache & Migraine Summit today. You don’t want to miss this valuable information.

How to Reduce Your Pain & Feel Great this Holiday Season

How to Reduce Your Pain & Feel Great this Holiday Season

Keep your pain levels low and your energy high by adding these 5 tricks during the holiday season.

1. Visualize Success 

Imagine New Year’s Day. See yourself vibrant and energetic, calm and centered, happy, and comfortable in your body WITHOUT PAIN. Choose a time each day to close your eyes and visualize this scene. Make a morning ritual of this visualization before you get out of bed.

2. Be PreparedHoliday Season

Spend one morning each week preparing clean, healthy snacks to have available when needed. Snack foods like chopped veggies and dip, celery and almond butter, tuna with gluten-free crackers and sunflower seed in the shell are your “go-to” while other people snack on carmel corn or some other tempting food that raises insulin and then causes an energy crash. Have healthy snacks with you when you leave the house and you’ll never be caught hungry. Preparation is one of the strongest habits to support success.  

3. Add In to Crowd Out

Allow yourself to eat small portions of the holiday foods that you love but be sure to eat whole foods first. Fill your plate with salad, veggies and protein and eat those foods first. Add foods high in carbs to your plate as if they are samples. Take enough for 1 – 2 bites only.

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Soothe pain

Soothe My Pain, Please!

Soothe My Pain, Please!

Is this you? 

  • You wake in the morning, achy and stiff.  It takes you hours to get going.
  • You live with constant pain that gets in the way of almost everything you do.
  • You suffer with headaches that last all day…sometimes for days in a row.
  • You have stomach pain, sinus pain, anxiety or depression.ecffbe0c-ee35-487b-924b-8c29f2ff6c2a

Living with pain of any kind changes your life.  It may not look like it from the outside but it effects every decision you make. And often, what feels most frustrating is that you don’t seem to be getting much better.

I get it.  I’ve been specializing in treating pain for over 35 years.

I have heard these stories hundreds of times from my patients over the years. And here’s what I’ve found…Pain Relief Works, if you are willing to make simple changes in your lifestyle and get medical treatment when needed.

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Fear Not!

Fear Not!

I know how hard you’ve worked to succeed. I know you are committed to creating the life of failure-success-picyour dreams.
This is not a simple task you’ve taken on.  It requires breaking out of the comfort of the familiar and risking something new.
That’s why I want to be sure I share this potential threat to your success that if left unchecked could undermine your dreams.

Fear of Failure Can Stop You in Your Tracks!

How high is the cost of fear? Failure is a good motivator but problem is that failure is traumatic. When the trauma of past failures takes root, it leads to limiting beliefs – beliefs that hold you back.  

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Are You Truly Authentic?

Are You Truly Authentic?

Are you honest and transparent when you interact with others?authenticity

Some people feel repressed from events of their childhood.  They can’t express themselves freely and they live with resentment.

Some people fear rejection so they withdraw and hide. They feel exhausted by the masks they wear.

I have been inauthentic in my life too. 

I have let my own self judgment and my fear of what others might think influence what I say and do. When I’m inauthentic I feel unloved and disconnected. I feel alone.  

How do we make the compromises it takes to live in community and still be truly authentic? 

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